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Friday, May 15, 2009

Potter Seniors Can Get Checks For Farmers Markets

Senior Nutrition Program

Potter County Human Services Area Agency on Aging will again administer the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program which is through the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.

The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program provides eligible senior citizens with checks to use at approved farmers markets to purchase qualifying fresh fruits and vegetables through November 30, 2009. The checks will be issued beginning June 1, 2009 through September 30, 2009, at Potter County Senior Centers and the Potter County Human Services AAA.

Select fruits and vegetables approved for purchase must be grown or growable in Pennsylvania. Some of the produce that qualifies under the program includes beans, berries, corn, cucumbers, peppers, squash, tomatoes, watermelon, apples, beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, grapes, onions, potatoes, pumpkins and zucchini. No citrus fruits or tropical fruits are eligible under the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program. Processed foods, such as jam, honey, cider and baked goods are also ineligible to be purchased through this program.

Potter County senior citizens, age sixty or older, whose income is $20,036 or less for a single person or $26,955 or less for a couple, or $33,874 or less for 3 people or $40,793 or less for four people are eligible for the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program. Income is based on the total income for 2008. Proof of income is not required. However, the senior citizen must sign a register verifying that their income meets the income guidelines. You must show proof of age and address. Driver’s license will work for proof of both. They will be issued four (4), $5.00 checks.

IN ORDER FOR AN INDIVIDUAL TO PICKUP CHECKS FOR ANOTHER INDIVIDUAL, YOU MUST PICKUP A PROXY FORM THAT IS TO BE COMPLETED BY BOTH INDIVIDUALS AND THEN RETURNED TO THE DISTRIBUTION SPOT. THIS IS ALSO THE PROCEDURE FOR HUSBAND/WIFE AND WIFE/HUSBAND. ALL DISTRIBUTION SITES HAVE THESE FORMS AVAILABLE NOW.

Seniors who reside in nursing homes, personal care homes or other residential facilities where meals are provided are not eligible for this program.

Vendors that are approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture for this program display a sign indicating that the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program checks are accepted. A list of local farmers markets can be obtained at check distribution sites.

According to the Potter County Area Agency on Aging, this is a very beneficial program that will benefit eligible seniors in Potter County by providing fresh, nutritious home grown produce. This program also benefits the farmers who raise these items. It is hoped that seniors will take full advantage of this program.” If you know anyone who is eligible, please have them contact us at the numbers below.

Senior citizens will be available to sign up for the Farmers Market Nutrition Program checks at the following locations:

ULYSSES SENIOR CENTER MON - WED

ULYSSES COMM. BLDG 9 A.M.2 P.M

MAIN STREET

ULYSSES, PA 16948

848-9880

OSWAYO VALLEY SENIOR CENTER MON - WED

OSWAYO STREET 1 P.M. – 3 P.M.

SHINGLEHOUSE, PA 16748

697-7178

GALETON SENIOR CENTER WED - FRI

ST. BIBIANA PARISH HALL 9 A.M. – 1 P.M.

111 GERMANIA STREET

GALETON, PA 16922

435-2864

COUDERSPORT SENIOR CENTER WED - FRI

1004 SOUTH MAIN STREET 9 A.M. – 1 P.M.

COUDERSPORT, PA 16915

274-7887

POTTER COUNTY HUMAN SERVICES AAA

62 NORTH STREET

ROULETTE, PA 16746

814-544-7315 or 1-800-800-2560

ASK FOR BARB KIEL – APPT. ONLY

For more information, please contact Barb Kiel, Potter County Area Agency on Aging, at 544-7315 or 1-800-800-2560.

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